There are four membership categories: regular (ports), life, retired and associate. WPPA members receive discounted registration fees for education and training programs. Other membership benefits include legislative advocacy, public awareness, research and information services, and publications.




Public port districts formed under the laws of Washington State are eligible for regular membership. Currently, 69 of the state’s 75 ports are members.

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Individuals, business firms, and industries with a bona fide interest in the aims and goals of WPPA may become Associate Members after review by the Executive Committee. Membership affords recognition and discussion from the floor but does not include voting privileges. Associate members are given many opportunities at conferences to network with port officials.

We offer an “Associate Member Reception” at the spring and fall conferences where they can highlight and exhibit their products and services. An Associate Members’ Resource Directory is provided to member ports throughout the state and includes a summary of each WPPA Associate Member and the services provided.

If you would like to join WPPA as an Associate Member, please complete the Online Application .



Individuals who have distinguished themselves through service to the port industry and the Association are granted WPPA Honorary Life Membership by a vote of the Board of Trustees.



Retired Membership in the Association keeps retired port commissioners and employees in touch with former colleagues and lets them join in a growing port family across the state. Retired members are invited to all seminars, meetings, and workshops at a cost afforded member ports. If you would like to join WPPA as a Retired Member, please contact our Member Services Manager